Handheld roar…

Wikipedia defines the Lynx as having “short tails and the characteristic tufts of black hair on the tips of their ears. They have a ruff under the neck, which has black bars, is not very visible, and resembles a bow tie. They have large, padded paws for walking on snow, and long whiskers on the face.”

Of course, if you’re reading this blog then you know as well as I do that the Lynx is in fact a fat brick-like handheld thrust into the world by Atari just shy of 1990.  While it never made a dent against Nintendo’s handheld offerings, the Lynx is amazing little piece of kit and managed to render the games of the era in splendid visual and audio majesty. So – to celebrate the Atari Lynx – I’ve put together a bit of a pictorial walk through. Enjoy!

The swag of Atari kit that adorns my retro gaming collection, including the very trendy Lynx carry bag which has lots of awesome hiding spots for your game carts, adapters and whatnot.

Atari game cartridges. Compact and sleek when compared to the Game Gear or Game Boy offerings.  Batman Returns is easily the pick of the bunch in the below, featuring jaw-dropping side scroller visuals considering the size and power of the Lynx.

The boxed model 1 Atari Lynx. Wider and clunkier than the model 2, for some unknown reason I actually prefer playing on this model.

The model 1 out of the box. Unlike the model 2 which takes the cartridges in the center back of the unit, the model 1 has a spot on the side that you flip open, and then put the game in. Very cool.

The model 2 Lynx with funky screen cover over the backlit display. This I can only assume was so you could take the Atari out in daylight and still see it to play. I’ve tried it, and I’m here to tell you it doesn’t work. Still a novel idea though!


Atari games are – generally speaking – cheap and plentiful to find. If you’re looking for a fun colour handheld that has a great library of titles (and doesn’t suffer the capacitor issues of the Game Gear)  you can’t really go past the Lynx.







2 Responses to Handheld roar…

  1. heamogoblin says:

    Hey there, I enjoyed the review. Hope you follow this up with some game reviews *hint hint*. I covered the Lynx and GG on my blog, I also posted about a guy on ebay in the UK. He will service these consoles for a reasonable fee! Got my Lynx II working after the Q12 transistor went belly up.

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